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Peter Reynolds campaigning in the Corby by-electionChris Bovey is a businessman and co-founder of NORML UK, and was sued, along with myself, Alun Buffry, and Greg de Hoedt by Peter Reynolds last year. To date, Alun Buffry has chosen to settle out of court, Greg has not yet been served with the court papers, and I won judgement and costs in November. This week, Chris had his first hearing and has also had the case struck out with costs awarded. Chris kindly agreed to an interview in order to publish his side of the story.


Me and Chris outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

So, what happened in a nutshell?

Last February, I received a defamation writ from the Royal Courts of Justice issued by Peter Reynolds. I knew it was nonsense, however, when you get a lawsuit taken out against you, you can’t ignore it. The case has dragged on for nearly a year and last Thursday my legal team made an application to have Peter Reynolds’ entire case struck out. They succeeded, it was struck out and he was ordered to pay my legal fees, which are to be determined at a date in the near future. [click to continue…]

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Peter Reynolds campaigning in the Corby by-electionBecause I am not incredibly stupid, I do not intend to comment publicly on the litigation currently being conducted between Peter Reynolds, myself and others. However, as Peter Reynolds’ verbal incontinence is continuing unchecked, I would ask all those who have read his comments about myself and my fellow defendants via CLEAR media channels to bear in mind six simple facts:

1. I have submitted a defence and intend to defend all allegations against me.

2. Chris has submitted a defence and intends to defend all allegations against him.

3. Alun has submitted a defence and intends to defend all allegations against him.

4. Greg hasn’t submitted a defence because he hasn’t even been served with court papers yet.

5. Not one of our claims contains an allegation that any of us have attempted or made contact with Peter Reynolds’ children, his parents, or any other member of his family. For Peter Reynolds to continuously imply that he has commenced civil action because one of us did is without evidence and defamatory.

6. NORML US is taking a very dim view of Peter Reynolds’ unwarranted and repeated attacks on NORML UK and his efforts to claim that by doing so he is not tarnishing the NORML brand.

This is all that I have to say on the matter for now.

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